December 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

December 25, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Border spat with Taliban resolved: official

• Pakistan and Afghan Taliban authorities have overcome the recent row over border fencing by agreeing that further fencing would be done through consensus.
• The official, who spoke to a group of journalists on the background, said: `It has been decided at a senior level that fencing-related issues would in future be dealt with through mutual agreement.
• The official, however, did not exactly specify at which level the talks between Pakistan and de facto Afghan government were held after Wednesday`s incident in which Taliban fighters disrupted border fencing and took away spools of barbed wire. The fighters had then also warned Pakistani soldiers against resuming fencing

2. Pakistan for accountability in Afghanistan

• Pakistan supports a comprehensive and equitable accountability in Afghanistan, says the country`s envoy to the United Nations, which recently adopted a resolution to allow humanitarian and financial assistance to Kabul.
• Although the UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted the resolution moved by the United States, some council members suggested holding the Taliban responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan. The UNSC resolution also cautioned that the assistance sent to Afghanistan must not benefit individuals and entities sanctioned by the United Nations. Several Taliban leaders are on the sanction list.
• When asked at his latest news briefing if Pakistan supports the demand for accountability, Ambassador Munir Akram said: `There have obviously been violations of human rights and criminal behavior, but we must see that this accountability is comprehensive and equitable.

3. SBP injects another Rs382bn for 63 days

• The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) injected Rs1.08 trillion into the money market on December 24, 2021 in yet another open market operation (OMO), which included around Rs382 billion for an unusual 63-day period.
• The SBP injected Rs701 billion at 9.82 per cent for seven days in addition to providing Rs381.75bn at 9.85pc for 63 days through the OMO, which is a tool that the central bank uses to fine-tune interest rates in the short term by trading government debt securities with commercial banks.
• The latest OMO follows the injection of Rs1.77tr a week ago in which the SBP offered money to banks for a unique 63-day tenor for the first time in recent years.

4. Punjab launches Buddhist sites` restoration project

• The Punjab government has launched a multi-million project for restoration of 10 ancient sites, including eight revered by Buddhists.
• Department of archaeology and museum deputy director Mohammad Iqbal Manj said the development plan would be completed in three years in which restoration, face lift and preservation work would be carried out in different sites belonging to Taxila valley civilisation of historical and religious importance.
• He said these sites included Sirkap, Dharmarajika Stupa, Mohra Moradu Stupa, Bhir Mound site, Bahalar Stupa, Mankiala Stupa, Kalawan Stupa and Giri archeological remains

5. MoU signed to set up universal helpline

• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) to set up and operate universal emergency helpline `Pehel` control centre in the province.
• Additional chief secretary Shahab Ali Shah, administrative secretaries, NTC managing director Miraj Gul and other senior officials witnessed the MoU signing ceremony.
• According to a statement issued here, the universal emergency helpline titled as `Pehel` is being established under the auspices of the ministry of interior following the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

6. Insulting Prophet violates religious liberty, says Putin

• Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that insulting Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) does not count as expression of artistic freedom but is a `violation of religious freedom` according to state news agency TASS.
• Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed Putin`s statement, calling it reaffirmation of his views.
• The Russian president made the remarks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday, TASS reported. Putin said that insults to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were a violation of `the sacred feeling s of people who profess Islam`, according to
• TASS reported that the Russian president also criticised the publication of blasphemous sketches in French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
• Such acts, the report quoted Putin as saying, gave rise to extremist reprisals

7. South Korea`s former president Park Geun-hye gets pardon

• South Korea`s ex-president Park Geun-hye received a pardon on Friday, cutting short a jail term of more than 20 years for corruption with her successor saying he granted it in the interest of national unity.
• Park became South Korea`s first woman president in 2013, but less than four years later she was impeached and ousted after a graft scandal sparked huge street protests.
• The 69-year-old was serving a 20-year prison sentence for bribery and abuse of power, with another two years after that for election law violations

8. World`s first `dual-mode vehicle` to be launched in Japan today

• It`s a bus, it`s a train, it`s a DMV! The world`s first dual-mode vehicle, equally at home on road and rail, is set to make its public debut on Saturday in the town of Kaiyo in Japan`s Tokushima prefecture.
• The DMV looks like a minibus and runs on normal rubber tyres on the road. But when it arrives at an interchange, steel wheels descend from the vehicle`s underbelly onto the rail track, effectively turning it into a train carriage.
• The train wheels lift the front tyres off the track while the rear wheels stay down to propel the DMV onto the railway

9. Japan will not send government delegation to Beijing Olympics

• Japan will not send a government delegation to February`s Winter Olympics in Beijing, it said on December 24, 2021, a move likely to deepen tension with China.
• The decision follows a United States-led diplomatic boycott of the Games over concerns about human rights in China, although Japan has avoided explicitly labelling its move as such.
• Japan, while a partner of the US, also has strong economic ties to China.
• Tokyo will not send a government delegation to the 2022 Winter Games, but will instead send some officials with direct ties to the Olympics, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news briefing

10. Google pays tribute to Moin Akhtar

• He brought smiles to people`s faces. He did dozens of characters, perhaps more than that, in just one show to prove what a versatile actor he was.
• He gave the art of improvisation a distinct flavour that elevated the quality of the scripts, which he would be asked to follow as an actor, a couple of notches. He was, of course, none other than Moin Akhtar the artiste who passed away in 2011 of a heart attack atthe age of61.
• Friday, Dec 24, was Akhtar`s 71st birth anniversary. To pay tribute to him Google celebrated his life with a nice little doodle. Describing his contribution to his chosen field ofwork, the website wrote, `A champion of everyday people, Akhtar is widely regarded as one of Pakistan`s greatest comedic actors. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan on this day in 1950. He began his stage career at 16 years old and quickly became known for his masterful impersonations and side-splitting skits. After a breakout 1966 appearance on a popular Pakistani talk show, Akhtar became a household name

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