July 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (July 02, 2021) for CSS, PMS


July 02, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Annual consumer inflation eases to 8.90pc

• Annual consumer inflation slightly eased to 8.90 per cent during the outgoing fiscal year (FY21) from previous year`s 10.74pc, showed data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics on July 1, 2021.
• Inflation slightly fell to 9.7pc in June from 10.9pc in May mainly because of improvement in supply of food items and reduction in prices of essential kitchen items. Inflation remained in double digits from March to May 2021. It was mainly driven by a double-digit growth in food inflation in both urban and rural areas.
• On a month-on-month basis, inflation increased by 0.2pc. Food and non-food items prices are still on the higher side

2. Islamabad backs Beijing`s version on Uighurs: PM

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 1, 2021 said as Pakistan had relations based on trust with China, it would accept the Chinese version on Uighurs in Xinjiang.
• In reply to a question about western media reports on Xinjiang during an interview with Chinese media at the PM House, he said western press hardly reported massive human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir where nine million people had been put into an open prison.
• The prime minister said that IIOJK had been turned into a police state with extrajudicial killings, imprisonments and ban on media, yet there was hardly any adverse comment in (western) media. `This is what Pakistan finds very hypocritical

3. Six soldiers injured in Quetta bomb blast

• At least six security personnel were injured, two of them seriously, in a motorcycle bomb explosion that targeted an army convoy on Airport Road here on July 1, 2021 evening.
• Officials said that the blast took place in front of the under-construction Askari Mall when a convoy of law enforcement agencies was passing through the area in the busy hours.
• The truck, which was hit by the bomb attack, caught fire after the blast. However, other vehicles included in the convoy remained safe, official sources said.
• No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far

4. Senate body approves changes to women`s property rights bill

• The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice on July 1, 2021 passed The Enforcement of Women`s Property Rights (Amendment) Bill 2021 by a majority vote.
• A meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Senator Syed Ali Zafar at Parliament House.
• The meeting was attended by Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem and other officials of the ministry. Chairman of the committee welcomed the members and officials of the Ministry of Law and Justice

5. US adds Pakistan, Turkey to child soldier recruiter list

• The United States on July 1, 2021 added Pakistan and Turkey to its Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) list, a designation that could lead to strict sanctions on military assistance and listed countries` participation in peacekeeping programmes.
• The designation is included in the US State Department`s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, which ranks countries in various tiers in accordance with their efforts for eliminating trafficking.
• The US Child Soldiers Prevention Act requires publication in the annual TIP report of a list of foreign governments that have recruited or used child soldiers during the previous year (April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021). The entities reviewed for this designation include armed forces, police, other security forces and government-supported armed groups

6. Pakistan among 51 countries listed to get WB aid

• The World Bank has announced that it is providing over $4 billion for the purchase and supply of Covid-19 vaccines to 51 countries, including Pakistan.
• More than half of the financing comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the bank`s fund for the world`s poorest countries, and is provided as grant or on highly concessional terms, according to a World Bank press release issued here on June 30.
• The financing is part of the World Bank`s commitment to low and middle-income countries to acquire and distribute vaccines and strengthen their health systems. Half of the 51 countries are in Africa

7. First REIT scheme compliant with Shariah approved

• The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved registration of the first Shariah-compliant developmental Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) scheme in Pakistan under the revamped REIT regulatory framework.
• `The Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management Ltd, a company having a successful track record of launching the only REIT scheme in the country, has successfully partnered with leading business groups for entering into an arrangement with a commercial bank, enabling launch of the Shariah-compliant developmental REIT Scheme called the Silk Islamic Development REIT (SIDR),` an SECP official told Dawn.
• Other partners in SIDR are Yunus Brothers Group that owns Lucky Cement Ltd, Fatima Group, Arif Habib Corp, Liberty Group and Arif Habib Dolmen

8. WHO-approved vaccine should be accepted for travel, says UN

• The World Health Organisation said on July 1, 2021 that any Covid-19 vaccines it has authorised for emergency use should be recognised by countries as they open up their borders to inoculated travelers.
• The move could challenge Western countries to broaden their acceptance of two apparently less effective Chinese vaccines, which the UN health agency has licensed but most European and North American countries have not.
• In addition to vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna Inc., AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, the WHO has also given the green light to the two Chinese jabs, made by Sinovac and Sinopharm

9. Xi warns against bullying as China`s party marks centenary

• China`s President Xi Jinping on July 1, 2021 warned that foreign forces attempting to bully the nation would `get their heads bashed`, and hailed a `new world` created by its people as the ruling Communist Party marked the centenary of its founding.
• In an hour-long address from Tiananmen Square, Xi pledged to build up China`s military, committed to the `reunification` of Taiwan and said social stability would be ensured in Hong Kong while protecting China`s security and sovereignty.
• `The people of China are not only good at destroying the old world, they have also created a new world,` said Xi, China`s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, the founder of the People`s Republic. `Only socialism can save China.

10. Senior actor Anwar Iqbal passes away

• Veteran TV and film actor Anwar Iqbal, who made the `controversial` Balochi-language film on Baloch hero Hammal-oMahganj, who had defeated Portuguese invaders in the coastal belt, passed away in Karachi on July 1, 2021 after protracted illness, according to his family and friends.
• He was in his 70s.
• He was a diabetic and had stomach issues

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