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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 16, 2022) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 16, 2022) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

January 16, 2022: National / International Current Affairs

1. NSP can be tabled before parliament: Moeed

• National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf stresses that the National Security Policy (NSP) is an `evolving document` and requires intellectual debate and constructive argument from all pillars of the state to help forge a consensus and eventually increase its sustainability.
• Though the opposition boycotted the National Security Division`s briefing on the policy to the Parliamentary Committee on National Security early last month, Mr Yusuf maintained he would always be ready to present the policy before parliament or house committees to build a larger consensus.
• The committee meeting was, however, very well attended twice last year when the army chief had briefed it on national security issues. He stressed that the opposition should not politicise national security, which should remain above all differences

2. President gives assent to finance bill

• President Dr Arif Alvi gave his ceremonial assent to the controversial Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021 generally known as the minibudget on January 15, 2022, converting it into an act of the parliament and thus fulfilling one of the key conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
• The finance bill was among those 16 pieces of legislation that the PT I-le d coalition government bulldozed through the National Assembly on Thursday amid an opposition uproar in the presence of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
• The approval of the Finance (Supplementary) Bill 2021, seeking withdrawal of exemption on taxes and duties on several items with an impact of about Rs350bn, as well as the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2021, granting autonomy to the central bank, is necessary to ensure that Pakistan`s sixth review of the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility gets cleared by the IMF`s executive board

3. Asian Development Bank to help improve quality of education in Sindh

• The Asian Development Bank will assist the Sindh government develop a programme implementation plan for the `Sindh Education Impact Bond` (SEIB) to address specific challenges to improving the quality of education in the province, it was learnt here.
• The bank has approved a technical assistance that will support the Sindh government explore, validate and subsequently operationalise an `Impact Bond` transaction.
• The ADB assistance will bring about improved institutional capacity of the provincial government and its key implementation agencies towards developing an understanding of innovation financing approaches for the education sector. The bank had commissioned a high-level feasibility study to explore the use of Impact Bonds in Pakistan, primarily to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of development financing in the country. Results of the feasibility study included proposed recommendations on next steps and identified social sector themes for implementation in Pakistan

4. Shogran, Kaghan reopen for tourists after one week

• The district administration here on Saturday reopened the Kaghan valley and Shogran for tourism activities. These tourist destinations had been closed for the visitors following the Murree tragedy last week.
• `We have resumed tourism activities in Shogran and Kaghan valley as the district administration asked the tehsil administration to lift the ban and allow tourists to visit these areas,` assistant commissioner, Balakot, Saddam Hussain Memon told media persons.
• He said the Balakot tehsil administration had also issued a notification in this regard as the road linking MansehraNaran-Jalkhad road with Shogran had also been cleared of snow

5. China, Iran begin implementation on strategic deal

• China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran as the Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers announced the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening economic and political ties. Under the deal, the two countries would strengthen economic and political cooperation.
• In a meeting in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also backed efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran. China is Iran`s leading trade partner and was one of the biggest buyers of the country`s oil before former US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018.
• China has officially stopped importing oil from Iran, but analysts say Iranian crude is continuing to enter the country disguised as imports from other countries

6. Google, Facebook chiefs accused of approving market pact

• Top bosses of Google and Facebook were directly involved in approving an allegedly illegal 2018 deal to cement their dominance of the online advertising market, US court documents revealed on January 15, 2022.
• The records, part of an anti-trust lawsuit by a coalition of US states targeting Google, make serious allegations against Big Tech giants long accused of holding monopolies.
• According to the states` accusations, the online search colossus sought to oust competition by manipulating ad auctions the ultra-sophisticated system that determines which ads appear on web pages based on the anonymised profiles of internet users

7. Myanmar junta hits Suu Kyi with five new charges

• A Myanmar junta court has hit ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with five new corruption charges related to the alleged hiring and purchase of a helicopter.
• The Nobel laureate, 76, has been detained since the February 1 coup last year which triggered mass protests and a bloody crackdown on dissent with more than 1,400 civilians killed, according to a local monitoring group.
• Suu Kyi is facing a raft of criminal and corruption charges including violating the country`s official secrets laws and if convicted of all of them could face sentences tallying more than 100 years of prison

8. Ex-CJP Siddiqui passes away

• Former chief justice of Pakistan Nazim Hussain Siddiqui passed away on January 15, 2022 morning after a protracted illness. He was 81.
• His funeral prayers were offered at a mosque in the Defence Housing Authority and he was laid to rest at a graveyard in DHA Phase-VHL A large number of lawyers, judges and relatives attended the funeral.
• Justice Siddiqui, who was born on June 30, 1940 in Hyderabad, became the chief justice of Pakistan in December 2003. He had taken over as CJP soon after the then president Pervez Musharraf had given assent to the constitutional amendment, commonly known as Seventeenth Amendment

9. Djokovic detained again in Australia

• Australia returned Novak Djokovic to detention on January 15, 2022, saying the tennis star`s opposition to vaccination could cause `civil unrest` and triggering a high profile court showdown.
• Having once failed to remove the unvaccinated 34-year-old from the country, Australia`s conservative government is trying again. And Djokovic is fighting back for the second time, with a new court appeal scheduled for Sunday.
• The case will be heard from 9.30am by the full Federal Court of three justices, a format that leaves little room to appeal any decision

10. Kohli gives up India Test captaincy in surprise move

• Virat Kohli shocked Indian cricket on Saturday by abruptly resigning as the national side`s Test captain, after leading the team to several memorable victories in a seven-year stint in one of the highest-profile, highest pressure positions in sport..
• The 33-year-old, India`s most successful Test captain, took to Twitter to announce his decision a day after India`s 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.
• `It`s been seven years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction.
• I`ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there,` Kohli said in his statement

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