December 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 02, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 02, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

December 02, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. President signs into law Journalists, Media Professionals Bill 2021

• President Dr Arif Alvi December 1, 2021 gave his assent to the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill to safeguard the rights of working journalists.
• The President signed the legislation at a ceremony attended by cabinet ministers and a large number of journalists and media professionals.
• The bill focused on protecting lives of journalists, saving them from harassment and torture and ensuring their welfare by giving facilities of life and health insurance. The President said he was very happy to sign the historic bill. He said for the last 60-70 years, the journalists raised issues and after which mafias of all kinds killed, harassed and tortured them. The President underlined the need for a culture of tolerance for journalists because they were only doing reporting and disseminating information. As people did not want that their mistakes should be exposed they put pressure on the journalists, he noted.

2. Mini budget to come in Jan to generate extra Rs350 billion

• Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Dr Muhammad Ashfaq on December 1, 2021 said that draft of proposed mini budget is ready to be presented in federal cabinet as well as in parliament, as the government has almost finalised the revenue generation measures.
• He said that FBR has completed its task of finalising mini budget. However, it would be presented in federal cabinet as well in parliament whenever the government wants. He informed that government would withdraw the sales tax exemptions in the upcoming mini budget. The government would also target the luxury items for taxation besides putting additional taxes on the imported cars, FBR chairman said in an informal talk with the media persons at parliament house.

3. Pakistan briefs OIC on proposed OIC-CFM on Afghanistan

• Pakistan yesterday briefed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about the proposed Extraordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers on the Afghanistan situation.
• Foreign Secretary (FS) Sohail Mahmood held a briefing for the Islamabad-based OIC Heads of Mission, on the proposed OIC-CFM.
• The foreign secretary informed that on November 29, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – in its capacity as the Chair of the Summit of the OIC – took the initiative to propose the convening of an Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, relating to the situation in Afghanistan.
• Pakistan welcomed this initiative and offered to host the CFM in Islamabad on 17 December 2021, he added

4. ECP sets one week deadline for legislation on LB system

• At a time when the Punjab government is struggling hard to evolve consensus over the draft law on the new local government system, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set one week deadline to make necessary legislation, failing which, the commission will announce the schedule of local bodies’ elections according to existing local government act.
• In a letter written to the government in this regard, the ECP has noted that the November 30 deadline to complete the process of legislation on new local governments had already expired, and little time was left now to make the delimitations. The ECP’s stance on the issue has come in response to Punjab government’s letter seeking two weeks’ time for the legislation. Citing the reason for the delay, the government had told the ECP that Punjab Assembly was not in session, and it was facing problems to enforce the new law through an ordinance.
• Also, the ECP has raised objections to a clause inserted in the draft law about the government’s decision to hold the local bodies’ elections through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The ECP has told the Punjab government that holding of elections through EVMs was a policy matter which has to be decided by the Election Commission. It has also informed the government that three committees had been formed to formulate recommendations on the EVMs and a time frame has also been set for their reports which will be shared with the government

5. Trade deficit swells by about $5 billion in just one month

• Pakistan’s trade deficit has swelled by about $5 billion in just one month, showing the external sector of the economy is under pressure.
• The country’s trade imbalance was recorded at $4.95 billion in November as imports have once again surpassed the exports. Imports have massively increased to $7.85 billion as against $2.9 billion exports in previous month, leaving trade deficit at $4.95 billion. The government is facing challenge of current account deficit, which is widening after every month mainly due to increase in imports. “There are some risks to the economy associated with rising international commodity prices, widening of the current account deficit and subsequent pressure on PKR,” said ministry of finance in its monthly report

6. NCOC approves Covid vaccine booster shot for health workers, others

• The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on December 1, 2021 approved a booster shot of Covid-19 vaccines for healthcare workers, immune-compromised people and those aged over 50 years as the forum discussed the spread of the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, across the world.
• Although the statement issued by the NCOC did not say which Covid-19 vaccine would be administered as booster shots, it said that the shots would be free and administered six months after the last vaccine dose. During its meeting on Wednesday, the forum discussed epidemic curve chart data for Pakistan, the national vaccine strategy and disease prevalence across the country.
• It also discussed cities’ progress in vaccinating their residents against Covid-19. The forum stressed that the Omicron variant was spreading fast globally and the only protection against it was vaccination. Subsequently, the NCOC decided to take strict measures to enforce the “obligatory vaccination regime” from December 1 (Wednesday) and directed the provinces and authorities to adopt a zero-tolerance policy regarding its implementation

7. Canada bans tourists from Egypt, Nigeria, Malawi over Omicron fears

• Canada on December 1, 2021 banned tourists from Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi over fears of the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, bringing to 10 the number of African countries targeted by Ottawa.
• “Foreign nationals who have transited or stayed in these 10 countries cannot enter Canada if they have been in those countries in the last two weeks,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a press conference.
• He also said all air travelers arriving from outside Canada, apart from the United States, will now need to be tested for Covid-19 at their point of entry, “whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated,” and that those travelers will need to isolate until their test results are available. First reported to the World Health Organization less than a week ago after being detected in southern Africa earlier in November

8. Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

• The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with five other weapons that belonged to the French emperor, US auctioneers announced.
• The lot, which will be put up for auction from December 3 to 5 by the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, is valued at $1.5 million to $3.5 million.
• The sword, with its scabbard, is the “crown jewel” of the collection, said the auctioneers, who will host the sale both in person and online.
• The weapon was made by Nicolas-Noel Boutet, who was director of the state arms factory in Versailles

9. Shaheen, Hasan, Abid achieve career-high rankings

• Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Abid Ali have achieved career-high rankings following match-winning performances in the first Test against Bangladesh, which Pakistan won by eight wickets.
• Shaheen recorded figures of two for 70 and five for 32, and has been rewarded with a jump of three places that has now put him in fifth position behind Pat Cummins (Australia), Ravichandran Ashwin (India), Tim Southee (New Zealand) and Josh Hazlewood (Australia).
• From the Chattogram Test, Shaheen collected 27 points that have lifted him from 783 points to 810 points. In reaching the 800-point mark, Shaheen has become the 11th Pakistan bowler to break the 800-point barrier. Other Pakistan bowlers to enter the 800-point mark are: Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Fazal Mahmood, Yasir Shah, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Abbas, Wasim Akram, Mushtaq Ahmed and Mohammad Asif

10. Pakistan beat Iraq in Asian Squash Team Championship

• Pakistan defeated Iraq in the pool match of the 20th Asian Squash Team Championship being played at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
• On the second day of pool matches, Pakistan downed Iraq by 3-0. Tayyab Aslam beat Rasool Hashim Al-Sultani 11-2, 13-10, 11-7, Nasir Iqbal beat Abdullah Hashim Al-Sultani 11-3, 11-6, 14-12 and Amaad Fareed beat Hasnain Obeid Dakheel 11-6, 11-3, 11-7.
• The men in green then beaten by India 1-2. Ramit Tandon beat Asim Khan 11-5, 11-9, 14-12, Nasir Iqbal beat M Mangaonk 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-7 and Saurav Ghosal beat Tayyab Aslam 9-11, 7-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8

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