July 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (July 04, 2020) for CSS, PMS


July 04, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Judge Malik shown the door over misconduct

• The Lahore High Court`s administration committee on July 3, 2020 approved `removal from service` of Judge Arshad Malik on charges of misconduct after a year-long inquiry into the video scandal that broke last July, sending ripples through political and legal circles.
• The seven-judge committee, headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Qasim Khan, took the decision in the light of recommendations made in a report of inquiry conducted by a high court judge into the conduct of the judicial officer, former judge of an accountability court who had convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and acquitted him in the Flagship reference.
• Both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf (PTI) hailed the decision, with the former seeking acquittal of its leader and the latter calling it the end of `PML-N era of blackmailing judges`.
• The legal fraternity, however, observed that the scandal and subsequent removal of judge Malik indicated a complete decadence in justice system and put a big question mark on legitimacy of convictions

2. Emirates resumes service to four cities

• As Malaysia`s aviation regulator on July 3, 2020 temporarily suspended pilots employed by domestic airlines who hold Pakistani licences, Emirates resumed passenger service to Pakistan`s four main cities Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Sialkot after a temporary suspension, but with a condition that passengers will be required to carry with them a fresh negative Covid-19 report from a specified laboratory.
• A spokesperson for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline said: `Following the receipt of relevant government approvals, Emirates has resumed passenger services to Pakistan.
• Customers can travel to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Sialkot if they meet the requirements of their destination.

3. 22 killed as train rams into coach carrying Sikh pilgrims

• Twenty-two people, including 20 Sikh pilgrims, a driver and his helper, were killed and nine others injured when a train rammed into a passenger coach at the railway track passing through Sucha Soda, a small town near Farooqabad in Sheikhupura district, about70km from here, on July 3, 2020 afternoon.
• The tragic incident took place at a small unmanned level crossing/passage, just about 100 feet away from a manned level crossing at the track.
• `Twenty-two people, most of them Sikh Yatris and including eight women and a child, were killed while nine pilgrims, including two children, suffered injuries.

4. Poet, journalist Nasir Zaidi passes away

• Poet, journalist and broadcaster Nasir Zaidi passed away in Islamabad on July 3, 2020. He was 78.
• After a paralysis attack, he was being treated in a hospital in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi, where he had a heart attack and died of it. He left behind three sons and a widow.
• Born on April 8, 1942, Muzaffarnagar, UP, India, Nasir Zaidi migrated to Pakistan along with his family. He received his education in Lahore and did his BA from the Islamia College, Lahore

5. Dostum awarded highest military rank

• A powerful Afghan warlord accused of kidnapping and raping a political opponent and of committing rights abuses for decades has been given the country`s highest military rank, a top official said on July 3, 2020.
• Abdul Rashid Dostum, 66, was awarded the rank of marshal in a decree issued by President Ashraf Ghani, making him the only third such recipient in Afghan armed forces.

6. Macron replaces PM, sets out on `new course`

• French President Emmanuel Macron on July 3, 2020 named a senior bureaucrat to replace Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, whose government resigned after a poor local election showing for the ruling party.
• The new premier, Jean Castex, officially a member of the right-wing opposition but in charge of overseeing the country`s progressive emergence from coronavirus lockdown, is taking over as Philippe leaves the post after three years, the Elysee Palace announced.
• Macron has said he will set a `new course` for the government as the country grapples with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. A wider cabinet reshuffle could now come later in the day

7. Germany is first major economy to phase out coal, nuclear energy

• German lawmakers have finalised the country`s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn`t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticise as a waste of taxpayers` money.
• Bills approved by both houses of parliament on July 3, 2020 envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038 and spending some 40 billion euros ($45 billion) to help affected regions cope with the transition.

8. China appoints hardliner to head new Hong Kong security agency

• China appointed a hardliner to head a new national security agency in Hong Kong on July 3, 2020 as pouce brought the first charges under a sweeping new anti subversion law that has shaken the semi-autonomous finance hub.
• Zheng Yanxiong a party official best known for tackling protests on the mainland will lead the office set up by the legislation that empowers mainland security agents to operate in Hong Kong openly for the first time, unbound by the city`s laws.
• The appointment came as a man accused of deliberately driving his motorbike into a group of police officers became the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new national security law.

9. Saroj Khan, choreographer of over 2,000 Bollywood songs, dies at 71

• Bollywood`s first female choreographer Saroj Khan, whose sizzling dance routines breathed life into hundreds of films, died on July 3, 2020, triggering further heartbreak in an industry already reeling from a string of recent deaths.
• Khan choreographed more than 2,000 numbers during a 40-year career that saw her work with superstars like Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor to create dazzling song and-dance routines that are a distinctive feature of Hindi films.

10. SL police drops probe into 2011 World Cup final

• Sri Lankan police on July 3, 2020 dropped a criminal investigation into the 2011 cricket World Cup final, saying they found no evidence of match-fixing by players to let their Indian opponents win.
• Former chief selector Aravinda de Silva, and the team`s skipper Kumar Sangakara and opening batsman Upul Tharanga were questioned this week over suspicions that have dogged the match for years.
• `We are satisfied with their explanation,` a top police official said.

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