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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 24, 2022) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (January 24, 2022) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

January 24, 2022: National / International Current Affairs

1. NCOC curtails isolation period to five days

• The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on January 23, 2022 officially reduced the quarantine period for Covid-19 patients from the erstwhile nine days to five days in case of no fever for 24 hours without medication.
• The decision has been taken nearly a month after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had shortened the recommended time for isolation to five days. The change in the quarantine period was based on the studies that the majority of SARS-COV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally within a couple of days before and two to three days after the onset of symptoms.
• While the quarantine period has been slashed in Pakistan, the number of cases detected across the country on a daily basis has been on the rise with a whopping increase of more than a thousand cases last day. The NCOC data on Sunday showed that 7,586 more people contracted the virus over the past 24 hours, while the tally was 6,540 the previous day, with the national positivity rate rising to13 per cent

2. ADB to fund study about gas storage sites

• The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved technical assistance for Pakistan to undertake a master study to assess potential gas storage infrastructure development sites.
• The study will identify cost, modality, geology and location proximity to transmission networks and load centres, market parameters, ownership, and operation and maintenance among other factors.
• The ADB will administer the technical assistance through the energy division of its Central and West Asia Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division)

3. Taliban, Afghan civil society begin Oslo talks

• A Taliban delegation led by Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on January 23, 2022 began talks focused on human rights with Afghan civil society members ahead of their highly anticipated meetings with western officials in Oslo.
• The delegation dedicated the first day of their three day visit to talks with women`s rights activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan and from the Afghan diaspora.
• The meetings are taking place behind closed doors at Soria Moria Hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital, as Norway, which had played a mediating role in Middle East and Colombia conflicts in the past, is facilitating these talks

4. Israel launches probe into purchase of German subs

• Israel`s cabinet approved on January 23, 2022 the launch of a state investigation into an affair involving the purchase of submarines and other warships from Germany, a case that has embroiled close confidants of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
• The graft scandal surrounds a possible conflict of interest and bribery involving a $2 billion purchase of naval vessels from Germany`s Thyssenkrupp that implicated some of Netanyahu`s closest associates. The former prime minister was questioned, but not named as a suspect, in the scandal, referred to in Hebrew as Case 3000.
• The Cabinet authorised establishing a state investigation into the case by vote. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett abstained

5. Germany comes under fire for `fence-sitting` over Ukraine

• Germany`s new government faced pressure on January 23, 2022 to take a firmer stance against Russia, after a German navy chief`s pro-Moscow remarks angered Kiev and exasperation grows with Berlin`s fence-sitting in the Ukraine crisis.
• After a week of frantic diplomacy that included a visit to Berlin by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chancellor Olaf Scholz`s government found itself scrambling at the weekend to reassure Kiev of its support in the face of a feared Russian invasion.
• The spat was triggered by German navy chief Kay-Achim Schoenbach`s musings that it was `nonsense` to think Russia was about to march on Ukraine and that President Vladimir Putin deserves respect. Schoenbach resigned late on Saturday, but the damage was done

6. Europe could be headed for pandemic endgame: WHO

• The Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said on January 23, 2022.
• `It`s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame,` Hans Kluge said in an interview, adding that Omicron could infect 60 percent of Europeans by March.
• Once the current surge of Omicron currently sweeping across Europe subsides, `there will be for quite some weeks and months a global immunity, either thanks to the vaccine or because people have immunity due to the infection, and also lowering seasonality.` `So we anticipate that there will be a period of quiet before Covid-19 may come back towards the end of the year, but not necessarily the pandemic coming back,` Kluge said

7. US detains smuggling ship, UK seizes drugs in Mideast waters

• The US Navy announced on January 23, 2022 it seized a boat in the Gulf of Oman carrying fertiliser used to make explosives that was caught last year smuggling weapons to Yemen. The British royal navy said it confiscated 1,041 kilograms (2,295pounds) of illegal drugs in the same waters.
• The interdictions were just the latest in the volatile waters of the Persian Gulf as American and British authorities step up seizures of contraband during the grinding conflict in Yemen and ongoing drug trafficking in the region

8. Unesco lists Viking-era wooden sailboats on heritage list

• For thousands of years, wooden sailboats allowed the peoples of Northern Europe to spread trade, influence and sometimes war across seas and continents.
• In December, the UNs culture agency added Nordic clinker boats to its list of traditions that represent the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden jointly sought the UNESCO designation.
• The term clinker is thought to refer to the way the boats wooden boards were fastened together

9. British MP says she was sacked as minister over `Muslimness`

• A British minister on January 23, 2022 urged a probe into claims by a fellow Conservative MP that she lost her ministerial role because of her `Muslimness`, piling further pressure on the government.
• Nusrat Ghani, 49, who was sacked as a transport minister in 2020, told the Sunday Times that a whip said her `Muslimness was raised as an issue` at a meeting in Downing Street.
• She was also told her `Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable`, she said

10. Seoul says it paid Iran`s UN dues to restore its voting right

• Using Iranian bank funds freed from American sanctions, South Korea has paid Iran`s $18 million in delinquent dues owed to the United Nations, Seoul said on January 23, 2022. The step was apparently approved by Washington to restore Tehran`s suspended voting rights at the world body.
• The South Korean Foreign Ministry said Seoul had paid the sum using Iranian assets frozen in the country after consulting with the United States Treasury a potential signal of flexibility amid floundering nuclear negotiations.
• The ministry said it expected Iran`s voting rights to be restored immediately after their suspension earlier this month for delinquent dues.

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