January 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 13, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 13, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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January 13, 2021: National / International Current Affairs


1. Chinese vaccine registration soon as trial nears end

• As the novel coronavirus continues to claim dozens of lives a day in Pakistan, the only hurdle in importing the Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm will be removed soon with its Phase-I trial in Karachi reaching the final stage, it emerged on January 12, 2021.
• In a separate development, the federal government has decided to implement the Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Ordinance in three major hospitals of Sindh and one major hospital of Punjab after it had been introduced in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Islamabad, where employees have been protesting against the move for past several weeks.


2. Senate body passes bill to protect students from harassment

• After a number of harassment cases in educational institutions in the recent years, a parliamentary committee on Tuesday cleared a bill to pave the way for legislation to protect students from harassment.
• The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education, which met with Senator Engineer Rukhsana Zuberi, cleared the `Protection against Harassment of Students in Educational Institutions Bill 2020`


3. KP Assembly favours age relaxation for government employment tests

• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on January 12, 2021 unanimously passed a resolution seeking two years age relaxation for government employment tests citing the outbreak of coronavirus as the reason.
• The resolution moved by member of the ruling PTI Dr Sumera Shamsurged the government to amend rules pertaining to the upper age limit for the public service commission tests to grant two years age relaxation to the candidates.


4. Malaysian parliament suspended after declaration of virus emergency

• Malaysia`s king declared a nationwide state of emergency on January 12, 2021 to fight a coronavirus surge and parliament was suspended, with critics charging it was a bid by the unstable government to cling to power.
• The surprise move came a day after the prime minister announced sweeping new curbs across much of the Southeast Asian nation, including the closure of most businesses, and warned the health system was `at breaking point`


5. India`s supreme court suspends farming laws

• India`s top court suspended on January 12, 2021 the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands of farmers outside New Delhi.
• The Supreme Court said it wanted to facilitate mediation between the government and the protesting farmers who fear the legislation will leave them at the mercy of big business.
• `We are going to suspend the implementation of the three farm laws until further orders,` Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said


6. EU gets vaccine boost as WHO dampens herd immunity hopes

• The European Union started the approval process for its third vaccine on January 12, 2021 as WHO scientists warned that herd immunity from coronavirus was unlikely this year even with mass inoculation schemes.
• The 27-nation EU -under fire for lengthy approval processes and slow national rollouts of virus shots -promised an `accelerated timeline` after confirming drug company AstraZeneca had applied for approval for the jab it developed with Oxford University.


7. Oldest son of Oman`s ruler becomes first crown prince

• The oldest son of Oman`s sultan became the first crown prince in the country`s history on January 12, 2021 as the Gulf state published a new `fundamental law` stipulating the line of succession.
• The announcement was made through the Twitter account of the government`s communications office.
• Sultan Haitham bin Tariq had issued a decree on Monday setting a `specific and stable mechanism` for succession, providing for the appointment of a crown prince for the first time


8. Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts of pro-Trump QAnon network

• Twitter has suspended `more than 70,000 accounts` linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump`s supporters.
• The social network began its purge on Friday, shortly after it had permanently suspended Trump`s account for language that could incite violence.
• `Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts,` Twitter said in a blog post.


9. Interpol issues notices over Beirut blast ship

• Interpol has issued red notices for three individuals linked to a shipment of ammonium nitrate that exploded at Beirut`s port in August, a Lebanese judicial source said on January 12, 2021.
• The notices, requested by judge Ghassan Khoury, are for the owner and captain of the vessel that transported the fertiliser, the source said, along with a Portuguese businessman believed to have ordered it


10. German police take down `world`s largest darknet marketplace`

• A German-led police sting has taken down the `world`s largest` darknet marketplace, whose Australian alleged operator used it to facilitate the sale of drugs, stolen credit card data and malware, prosecutors said on January 12, 2021.
• At the time of its closure, Dark Market had nearly 500,000 users and more than 2,400 vendors worldwide, as the coronavirus pandemic leads much of the street trade in narcotics to go online


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