December 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 30, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (December 30, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

December 30, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. PIA to go paperless

• The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement an e-filing and office automation system (e-FOAS) for the national flag carrier.
• The initiative allows departmental workflow automation, receipt and issuance management, e-noting and e-letter management using digital signatures, electronic record room, and meeting scheduler. The system ensures efficiency, transparency and security while reducing administrative costs. The MoU was signed by PITB Chairman Azfar Manzoor and PIA CEO retired Air Marshal Arshad Malik in a ceremony held at Arfa Software Technology Park here on Wednesday.
• `E-FOAS will help in improving organisational efficiency through digitization of workflows leading to better communication and informed decision-making,` said the PIA chief

2. Centre, Punjab, State Life ink MoU for health insurance

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 29, 2021 witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by State Life Insurance Corporation(SLIC) and the federal and Punjab governments to ensure up to Rs1 million annual health insurance for the population of Islamabad and Punjab.
• National Health Services Secretary Aamir Ashraf Khwaja, Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Health Initiatives Management Company Ali Razag and SLIC Chairman Shoaib Javed Hussain signed the MoU for implementation of universal health coverage of Sehat Sahulat Programme in Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
• Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and senior officials were also present on the occasion

3. T-bills yields see modest fall as govt raises Rs1.26tr

• Contrary to the expectations of money market analysts, cut-off yields in the auction of treasury bills on Wednesday registered a less-than-anticipated decline in three and six-month papers.
• The slight drop in the yields from the Dec 15 auction was in spite of the ample liquidity that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) injected into the money market through open market operations (OMOs) of unusually long tenors in the last two weeks.
• The SBP raised Rs1.26 trillion in the latest treasury bill auction against its target of Rs1.2tr. The cut-off yield on the three-month paper decreased 19 basis points to 10.59 per cent while that on the six-month paper went down five basis points to 11.45pc. The yield for the 12-month paper stayed unchanged from the Dec 15 auction at 11.51pc

4. First wife alone can challenge husband`s second marriage: LHC

• The Lahore High Court has ruled that only the first wife can challenge the second marriage of her husband if contracted without her permission.
• Justice Muhammad Amjad Rafiq issued the ruling quashing a first information report (FIR) against a man registered on an application by his brother-in-law for contracting a second marriage allegedly without the mandatory permission from his first wife.
• The Sheikhupura police had registered the impugned FIR in 2013 against Ghazanfar Naveed, the petitioner seeking quashment, on the complaint of the brother of his first wife

5. Israel agrees to transfer tax receipts to Palestinians after Abbas`s visit

• Israel`s defence minister approved a raft of measures aimed at improving relations with the Palestinians on December 29, 2021 following a rare meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Israel.
• Defence Minister Benny Gantz met Abbas at his private residence in a Tel Aviv suburb late on Tuesday night. It was the first time Abbas met an Israeli official inside Israel since 2010.
• The two discussed security coordination between Israel and Abbas` Palestinian Authority, which administers pockets of the occupied West Bank

6. US appoints two envoys for Afghan women

• The United States on December 29, 2021 appointed two special envoys for defending women`s rights in Afghanistan`s as the country`s new Taliban rulers further tightened gender restrictions.
• Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born US scholar and mediation expert who served at the State Department under former president Barack Obama, will take the role of special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights.
• Stephenie Foster, also a former State Department official with diverse public and private sector experiences, will be the new Senior Adviser for Women and Girls Issues in the office of the Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE).

7. China warns Taiwan of `drastic measures` if it moves for independence

• China will take `drastic measures` if Taiwan makes moves towards independence, a Beijing official warned on Wednesday, adding that Taiwan`s provocations and outside meddling could intensify next year.
• China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claim, fuelling anger in Taipei and concern in Washington.
• China was willing to try its utmost to seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan but would act if any red lines on independence were crossed, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office, told a media briefing. `If separatist forces in Taiwan seeking independence provoke, exert force or even break through any red line, we will have to take drastic measures,` Ma said.

8. Apple puts India iPhone plant `on probation`

• Apple said on December 29, 2021 it has put the Indian plant of its main supplier `on probation` after a mass food poisoning and protests over workers` living conditions.
• Some 250 women working at Foxconn`s iPhone factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were treated for food poisoning this month, 159 of whom were hospitalised.
• This prompted demonstrations against living conditions at company hostels that have kept the factory at Sriperumbudur near Chennai closed since December 18.-

9. Sajid spins KP to second successive Quaid Trophy title

• Midway through their second innings, it had become pretty evident Northern were playing for a draw and some pride in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final.
• With defending champions Khyber Pakhtunkhwa already having the First innings lead that would`ve given them a title in case of a stalemate and Northern still requiring 228 runs for victory with five wickets remaining, the latter knew a win was an improbable proposition.
• A draw at the National Stadium, if they played out the overs in the final session, would`ve been a fighting one for Northen, who were the best team in the round-robin stage

10. US-Ireland ODI series cancelled

• The US vs Ireland One-day International series scheduled for this week has been cancelled over Covid related concerns, USA Cricket.
• The federation had already cancelled one of the three scheduled matches, but had hoped to play the remaining two on Wednesday and Thursday.
• `While all players in both current playing squads have returned negative Covid results overnight, two members of the Irish support staff have tested positive, as well as several partners of players, resulting in two of the Irish players being deemed as `close contacts,“ USA Cricket said in a statement

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