January 2022

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 03, 2022) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 03, 2022) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

January 03, 2022: National / International Current Affairs

1. Cybercrime complaints topped 100,000 in 2021: FIA chief

• With growing use of technology and spread of smartphones and gadgets, the number of complaints pertaining to cybercrimes the Federal Investigation Agency received from all over the country during 2021 crossed 100,000 mark, it has emerged.
• `We have received a total of 102,356 complaints from Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021,` FIA director general Dr Sanaullah Abbasi told Dawn. `In 23 per cent of the complaints, Facebook was used as a medium,` he said.
• `The rise in cybercrime reporting reflects people`s confidence in law enforcement… FIA initiated an awakening campaign for people and encouraged them to report [the cases],` he said.
• He said not only did a common man approach the FIA but also other law enforcement agencies in the country because it was the only legitimate agency to investigate cybercrimes and to interact with international law enforcement

2. Booster shots for over 30s from today

• As many as 54 people were found infected with Covid-19 in the federal capital on January 2, 2022 as the positivity rate continued increasing.
• Moreover, from Monday (today) booster shots are going to start for people aged over 30 years who have been fully vaccinated at least six months ago.
• The cases have been increasing since the emergence of the most transmissible Omicron variant in the city on Dec 24 when a 47-year-old man, who had travelled to Karachi, was found infected with it

3. PM`s aide opens country`s first-ever ginger harvest

• The first-ever ginger cultivation programme was inaugurated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar on Sunday in Balkasar area of Chakwal.
• Speaking on the occasion, she said ginger could emerge as a major crop and could be a game-changer for the farming community, adding that agriculture was profoundly linked with poverty alleviation.
• The ginger crop was grown over a period of 11 months and the celebration was organised by Agrionics Farms. Being an essential ingredient of Pakistani cuisine, ginger is high in demand but unfortunately it is not grown here and is imported to meet domestic needs

4. EU draft on financing nuclear, gas plants raises ire

• Draft European Union plans that would allow nuclear and gas energy to remain part of the bloc`s path to a climate friendly future came under immediate criticism over the weekend from both environmentalists and some governing political parties in EU member nations.
• In draft conclusions, the EU`s executive commission proposes a classification system for defining what counts as an investment in sustainable energy. Under certain conditions, it would allow gas and nuclear energy to be part of the mix.

5. Putin and Erdogan pledge to defuse tensions

• Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on January 2, 2022 pledged to improve ties during a call, both sides said, after tensions mounted over drones and Nato in recent weeks.
• Turkey, a Nato member since 1952, has angered Moscow by supplying combat drones to Ukraine that Russia fears could be used by Kiev in its conflict with separatists in two eastern regions.
• Putin and Erdogan `exchanged New Year`s greetings and summarised the main results of bilateral cooperation and confirmed the desire to further intensify the mutually beneficial partnership between Russia and Turkey,` the Kremlin said in a statement about the leaders` phone call

6. Sudan`s premier resigns amid anti-military demonstrations

• Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on January 1, 2022 he was resigning, less than two months after being reinstated as part of a political agreement with the military.
• In a televised speech, he said a roundtable discussion was needed to come to a new agreement for Sudan`s transition to democracy. The announcement came in the wake of relentless anti-coup demonstrations which have gripped the capital Khartoum since early last month.
• The country plunged into turmoil after Abdel Fattah al Burhan Sudan`s de facto leader following the ouster of Omer Bashir launched his coup on Oct 25 and detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

7. US spent $14tr on wars in 20 years, $6m on rearing nine goats

• The US military spent $14 trillion during two decades of war in Afghanistan and the Middle East, enriching arm manufacturers, dealers and contractors.
• A detailed, full-page report in The Wall Street Journal shows that since the Sept 11, 2001, US military outsourcing pushed up Pentagon spending to $14 trillion. One-third to half of that sum went to contractors

8. Paris removes EU flag from monument after right-wing uproar

• French authorities took down the European Union flag from the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on January 2, 2022, after right-wing opponents of President Emmanuel Macron accused him of `erasing` French identity by installing it in place of the national flag.
• The giant blue flag was raised in place of a French flag on New Year`s Eve to mark France`s turn at the rotating presidency of the EU Council, which it will hold for the next six months.
• The arch, a monument to war dead, and other landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the Pantheon are being illuminated with blue lights for the remainder of this week

9. Israel hits Gaza targets after rocket attacks: army

• Israel targeted Hamas positions in southern Gaza late on Saturday after rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave, security sources and the army said.
• `Fighter jets, helicopters and tanks struck a rocket manufacturing site, and military posts belonging to the Hamas terror organisation,` Israel`s army said.
• Palestinian sources said the army had targeted `a site of the al-Qassam Brigades, west of Khan Yunis` in southern Gaza, referring to the military wing of Hamas, the movement controlling the territory

10. Gun stolen from soldier`s statue in Layyah

• The Layyah police registered a case against unidentified people who stole an artificial gun hoisted at the commemorative statue of an army official in Layyah`s town of Karor Lal Esan.
• The fibre-made statue was installed at the Railway crossing on Fatehpur Road, Karor Lal Esan.
• The thief placed a sugarcane stick at the statue in the place of the gun.
• The police registered a case against unidentified people under section 379 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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