February 2020

Day by Day Current Affairs (February 09 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (February 09 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

February 09, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Day of Women and Girls in Science to be marked on Feb 11

• Like other parts of the world, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be marked on February 11 across the globe including Pakistan, science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals.
• To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential.
• That requires dismantling gender stereotypes.
• On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.
• UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that science and gender equality were both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2. TTP confirms killing of key member, aide in Afghanistan

• The Pakistani Taliban have confirmed that one of its key leaders and another member of the group were killed in a clash with security forces in Afghanistan.
• In a statement published by the SITE monitoring group on Friday, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, who served on the group`s consultative council and had been a deputy leader, had been killed on January 31.
• `Haqqani embraced martyrdom while fighting with slaves of the United States,` the TTP said.
• Haqqani`s close confidant Qari Saifullah Peshawari was also killed in the clash that took place inside Afghanistan during a `mission`, a Pakistani Taliban leader said

3. Delhi suggests a big defeat to Modi

• Millions in the Indian capital voted on February 8, 2020 in a key regional election, with exit polls suggesting a big defeat for right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
• Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a distant second behind the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, led by former tax inspector Arvind Kejriwal, according to exit polls released after voting ended.
• Media reports say as average of nine exit polls showed Kejriwal’s party was likely to win 52 out of 70 seats. “We are winning by a huge margin,” tweeted Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister of Delhi.

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4. Thai soldier kills 20 in shooting spree

• Dozens of terrified shoppers were evacuated from a Thai mall early on Sunday morning as armed police said they had `taken control` of the ground floor of the complex from a gunman who killed at least 20 people.
• But authorities did not give any firm details on the whereabouts of the attacker a junior army officer identified as Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma.
• There were fears the shooter in the Terminal 21 mall in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, better known as Korat, could try tohide in the panicked crowd.
• Police from the Crime Suppression Division urged flee-ing shoppers to `raise their hands` and identify themselves on the ground floor `and authori-ties will evacuate you`

5. Trump sacks two impeachment witnesses

• US President Donald Trump on February 7, 2020 fired two of the highest profile witnesses in his impeachment probe, sparking accusations that he is on a campaign of revenge.
• Trump recalled his ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondl and, just hours after Lt Col Alexander Vindman, a decorated soldier who worked at the National Security Council, was ordered out of the White House.
• The firings came two days after the Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump of charges that he abused his office and one day after he gave a victory speech branding his opponents as `evil`.

6. Irish general election: Polls open for first-ever Saturday vote

• Polls opened at 07:00 local time and will close at 22:00.
• Counting will begin on February 9, 2020 in all 39 constituencies. Newly elected TDs will gather on 20 February for the 33rd Dáil (Irish parliament).
• A total of 160 representatives will be returned to the Dáil. The ceann comhairle, or speaker, is automatically re-elected.
• In most situations, the speaker does not vote, so a government will need 80 TDs to hold a majority.
• It is unlikely that any party will reach that number, so another coalition government is probable. The election uses proportional representation with a single transferrable vote.

7. Actor-comedian Orson Bean dies in accident

• Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian, was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91.
• The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed Bean’s February 7, 2020 night death, saying it was being investigated as a “traffic-related” fatality.
• The coroner’s office provided the location where Bean was found, which matched reports from local news outlets. A man was walking in the Venice neighborhood when he was clipped by a vehicle and fell, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling initially told local stations. A second driver then struck him in what police say was the fatal collision. Both drivers remained on the scene. Police were investigating and didn’t identify the pedestrian to local outlets, which named Bean based on eyewitness accounts. Bean enlivened such TV game shows as “To Tell the Truth” and played a crotchety merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
• Relic cast bonded over their love of ‘Scream 3

8. Pakistan finish third in ICC U-19 World Cup after washout

• The New Zealand and Pakistan players could only wait and watch, and hope for the rain to go away so they could have a contest to determine who should finish third–behind Bangladesh and India, the two finalists–at the Under-19 World Cup.
• As it turned out, the Benoni rain that had prevented the Australia v West Indies fifth-place playoff from being completed didn’t allow even a single ball to be bowled in this game, meaning Pakistan finished third and New Zealand fourth, because of their five points to New Zealand’s three in the group stage.

9. Khushim wins her fourth gold medal in ski events

• Pakistan’s Khushim Sahiba won gold medal in the slalom race of the 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup on February 8, 2020.
• Khushim’s compatriot Umama Wali clinched silver medal, while Afghanistan’s Nazima Khair Zad won the bronze medal. It was Khushim’s fourth consecutive gold medal.
• She had earlier won a gold medal in the women’s slalom category of the 4th CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup

10. Malaysian Ivan wins 14th CNS Int’l Squash Championship

• Top seed Malaysian Ivan Yuen became champion of the 14th Chief of the Naval Staff International Squash Championship 2020, as he defeated Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam 3-1 in the final in Karachi on February 8, 2020.
• Tayyab started the first game on a high note and took it 11-7. He then lost his momentum and allowed too much room to Ivan, who won the second game 11-4, third game 11-4 and fourth game 11-7.
• Total 15 international players from different countries, including Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Malaysia, and 10 local players demonstrated their skills in the week-long event

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