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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (July 07, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (July 07, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

July 07, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. First ventilators production facility opened

• In a significant step towards making Pakistan self-reliant in production of medical equipment, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the country`s first indigenous ventilators` manufacturing facility on July 6, 2020.
• Separately, the prime minister in a video conference with the director general of World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the matter of coronavirus-related travel restrictions on Pakistan and sought his cooperation in withdrawal of those curbs.
• `It is a landmark achievement for the country and I congratulate the entire team,` Mr Khan said after inaugurating the ventilators factory at the National Radio and Telecommunications Corporation (NRTC) in Haripur.

2. Agreement for $1.5bn hydropower project signed

• `It (CPEC) is a project that will take Pakistan to new heights [of prosperity],` the prime minister said after witnessing the signing of agreement with China Gezhouba for Azad Pattan hydropower project at a ceremony held at PM Office on July 6, 2020.
• `Pakistan can learn with the progress made by emerging economic power, China, during the last 30 years,` Mr Khan said. He said he was glad that the hydropower project was being commissioned under the CPEC.
• A part of CPEC, with an investment of $1.5 billion, 700.7-megawatt Azad Pattan will not involve fuel import, thus enabling the country to move towards cheaper and greener power while generating local job opportunities.
• The project is located at River Jhelum and is expected to be completed in 2026.

3. Process begins to cancel illegal domiciles of Balochistan

• All the domiciles obtained illegally in Balochistan for securing government jobs that were reserved for the residents of the province under the quota will be cancelled.
• The process of cancellation of such domiciles has begun across Balochistan as Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has taken serious notice on reports that people who do not belong to Balochistan have got jobs in various federal and provincial departments in the province after getting domicile of the province through illegal means.
• He has directed all deputy commissioners in the province to launch a drive for verification of all domiciles and other certificates issued in their respective districts.

4. Indian, Chinese troops start pulling back after high-level talks

• Indian and Chinese troops have started pulling back on July 6, 2020 from their eyeball-to-eyeball proximity in several places in the Himalayan border that saw a deadly scuffle last month in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
• According to the Indian side, India`s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to each other on Sunday and `agreed` it was `necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of troops along the LAC` and `de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility`.
• In Beijing, in response to a question on whether China has withdrawn troops from the Galwan Valley, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at July 6, 2020`s press briefing that the two sides have agreed on disengagements of frontline soldiers.

5. Saudi Arabia announces Haj health measures

• Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus during the 2020 Haj season, banning gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, the state news agency said on July 7, 2020.
• In June, Saudi Arabia decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending Haj to around 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times.
• Touching the Kaaba will be banned during Haj this year, and a social distancing space of a metre and a half between each pilgrim during the rituals including mass prayers and while in the Kaaba circling area will be imposed, a statement by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control elaborated.

6. Japan allows import of mangoes from Pakistan

• The Japanese government on July 6, 2020 temporarily allowed import of mangoes from Pakistan.
• According to the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, exporters dispatched three shipments of local mango varieties `Sindhri` and `Chaunsa` to Japan as per agreed procedures between the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).
• Normally, the Japanese government sends its inspectors to Pakistan and other mango exporting countries for quality check and clearance before allowing imports into Japan.
• However, this year, the Japanese government could not send inspectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

7. Covid-19 imperils AIDS progress, warns UN

• Covid-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on July 6, 2020 in a warning that the pandemic was geopardising years of progress against HIV.
• At the start of a week of virtual International AIDS Conferences, the UN said the world was already way off course in its plan to end the public health threat even before Covid-19.
• Although AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 60 percent since the peak of the HIV epidemic in 2004, in 2019 around 690,000 still died from the illness.

8. Iran says damage at nuclear site `significant`

• An accident at a nuclear complex in Iran caused significant damage and could slow the production of centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the country`s atomic energy spokesman said.
• The incident happened on Thursday at a warehouse under construction at the Natanz complex in central Iran, but caused no casualties or radioactive pollution, according to the Islamic republic`s nuclear body.
• Security officials called it an accident and said they had determined the cause, without providing any further explanation.

9. Louvre reopens after 16-week coronavirus shutdown

• The world`s most visited museum, the Louvre in Paris, reopened on July 6, 2020 after nearly four months of coronavirus closure, with a restricted number of visitors enjoying a rare chance to view the `Mona Lisa` without the usual throngs.
• Several dozen visitors queued outside the vast former palace of France`s kings, eagerly awaiting the opening at 9am (0700 GMT) as the famed museum hopes to start recuperating losses estimated at more than 40 million euros ($45 million) due to the lockdown.
• The museum`s most popular draws, including Leonardo`s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Louvre`s vast antiquities collection will be accessible.

10. Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

• Ennio Morricone, one of the world`s best-known and most prolific composers of film scores notably for spaghetti westerns, died in Rome on Monday at the age of 91.
• Tributes poured in for the man who composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone`s 1966 epic `The Good, the Bad and the Ugly` and Quentin Tarantino`s `The Hateful Eight` for which he finally won an Oscar in 2016.
• Morricone died in hospital where he was being treated for a fractured femur following a fall, according to a statement from lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assuma. Morricone `passed away in the early hours of July 6 with the comfon of his faith`, the statement said.

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